Plague Doctor Cloak

Simplicity pattern no. 5840 (Misses', Mens and Teens robe and tunic) in black cotton twill (an inexpensive canvas would also work). We made cloak pattern A, omitting the capelet, taking the point off the end of the hood and adding velcro fasteners.

Figure 6.3: Cloak

Cabling was held in place with hand stitched wide bias binding. Starting from the back (where the cable connects from the computer, worn on a belt, to the costume) the cable runs up the back then to each of the four LEDs. To support the LEDs, millinery mesh was glued onto the inside of the costume with PVA and a slot was cut through the cloth. The LEDs are pushed through this and a backing of mesh was placed over the back of the unit, using velcro, to keep it in place.

Figure 6.4: Cloak Inside

Figure 6.5: Cloak LED

Figure 6.6: Cloak Embroidery

The Plague Doctor's props include a fan, a Gladstone bag (old fashioned doctor's case) and a water spray.

Jenson Taylor 2008-01-25